Peachfaced Lovebird agapornis rosecollis

Masked Lovebird agapornis personatus

Fischers Lovebird agapornis fischeri

Abyssinian lovebird agapornis taranta

Black Cheeked Lovebird agapornisnig nigrigenis

Nyasa Lovebird agaspornis lilianae

Madagascar Lovebird   agapornis Cana

Red faced lovebird agapornis pullarius

Black-Collared Lovebird agapornis swindernianus



A good specimen should provide the following qualities;

1.   A ‘cobby’ rounded shape

2.   An exhibition carriage and stance, standing well clear of the perch

3.   Wing tips should be touching but not obscuring the rump

4.   Rump and back should be broad and strong

5.   The breast should be rounded and full

6.   The tail should be as sharp and compact as possible and not fanned

7.   The head should be large, wide and rounded with some ‘front’ over the base of the bill, and be mounted on a wide ‘bull’ neck

8.   The face should be wide and appealing with large round bold eyes

9.   The plumage colour should be even deep and clear but with special features of each species and variety taken into account

10.                Feather condition should be immaculate

11.                The feet should be clean large strong and not turned in and the toes should be straight and show no signs of curling inwards, there should be no scars or mutilations and all nails should be present

12.                The bill should be clean and show no scars or mutilations; it should be large and not protruding at an acute angle

Additional notes

For Peach Faced;

1.   From the side view a straight line is made from the top of the cap to the point where it finishes behind the eye

2.   The throat colour is spread evenly and smoothly into the upper breast

3.   The following points to be remembered regarding colour varieties. A broken cap is unavoidable with pied specimens and so this should come in for consideration by the judge. The lavender (white faced) variety features a patchy underlying ground colour which must be allowed for. American dilutes are preferable with clearly defined pencilling on wings, flights and tail with the line mentioned at (1) being emphasised by a darker line

For both Masked and Fischer’s;

1.   The size should be only slightly smaller than the peach faced

2.   The upper tail coverts should have a blue wash; entirely green upper tail coverts indicates hybridisation with Nyasa or Black-Cheeked

3.   The naked band of white skin forming the lower part of the cere above the base of the upper mandible should be well defined

4.   The naked eye ring should be large round white and not scarred

5.   The upper mandible should be deep red throughout with a waxy shine and with no pink at its base, a pink base indicates hybrid blood involving Nyasa or Black-Cheeked. Immature’s do of course have dark streaks from the base of the bill

For Masked

1.   With both green and blue specimens the head should be sooty black, with no brownish cast which indicates hybrid blood from Fischer’s, Nyasa or Black-Cheeked

2.   The breast and collar should be lemon colour, with no flecking; having no spread of orange in green series birds, with orange showing only slightly from the throat; orange on the breast or collar may indicate hybridisation with Fischer’s

3.   A Clearly defined and not jagged division between the yellow of the breast and the green of the belly should be the ideal, forming a large clear bib

For Fischer’s

1.   In the green series birds the forehead should be bright orange red; the sides of the face, cheeks and throat and the centre of upper breast should be clear orange, fading evenly into the green of the lower abdomen.  Any dark suffusion in these normally orange areas may indicate hybridisation with Masked or Black-Cheeked

2.   In blue series birds the forehead, side of face, cheeks, throat and upper breast should be white, fading evenly into the blue of the lower abdomen. Any dark suffusion in these areas may indicate hybridisation with blue Masked


1.   Peach faced- Hybridisation can usually be detected by black or dark markings on the face

2.   Masked- Head markings should show a definite mask with no streaking. Exhibits should have a collar to the back of the head with colour continuing to about halfway down the front. The rump should be grey with a feint mauve tinge (a blue tinge is not acceptable).

3.   Fischer’s- These exhibits should show an orange crescent above the beak, the colour continuing down the face to form an orange bib on the front of the bird. The rump should be blue. These exhibits should not show any sign of a mask (a result of hybridisation)

4.   Nyasa and Black-Cheeked- Both these species are smaller than Masked or Fischer’s and should have light green rumps. Any sign of blue rump feathers is a sign of hybridisation

Other Lovebird Species- It is unlikely you will encounter hybridisation of Madagascan, Red-Faced or Abyssinian lovebirds


1.   Lovebird (1990) Society awards must be restricted to paid up members of the society

2.   Lovebird (1990) awards must not be awarded to hybrid birds

3.   Junior members cannot compete for adult awards, unless in partnership with an adult

4.   Unrung birds must be entered in adult bird classes

5.   Birds entered in CYOB (current year owner bred) classes must be close rung with Lovebird (1990) Society rings (of the current year colour). No other colour ring is acceptable on CYOB entries. Cut or split rings are not acceptable

6.   No pairs only single birds except in a special class specifically for pair. (“pair” to be 2 birds of the same species except in the case of Abyssinian, Madagascar and Red-Faced which must be true pairs

7.   In Peach faced red feathering anywhere other than on the head, throat, upper breast and tail is classed as a show fault

8.   Any other Peach faced mutation class should include apple greens

9.   Abyssinian, Black-Cheeked, Madagascar, Nyasa and Red-Faced are classified as rarer species

10.  Masked, Fischer’s, Black-Cheeked and Nyasa are eye-ring species

Please note- These rules are only applicable at shows receiving Lovebird (1990) Society patronage

Classification for special awards

Any age classes                                                                CYOB classes

1             Peach faced- normal, jade, olive                       19

2             Peach faced- pastel blue, cobalt, slate            20

3             Peach faced- all pieds                                         21

4             Peach faced- lutino, cremino, red eyes            22

5             Peach faced- dilutes,cinnamons, cherrys        23

6             Peach faced- all orange faced                           24

7             Peach faced- all white faced                              25

8             Peach faced- all oplines                                      26

9             Peach faced- any other mutation                      27

10           Masked- normal                                                    28

11           Masked- any other mutation                              29

12           Fischer’s- normal                                                 30

13           Fisher's- any other mutation                              31

14           Black-Cheeked                                                     32

15           Nyasa                                                                     33

16           Abyssinian                                                             34

17           Madagascan                                                          35

18           Red faced                                                               36

Other classes; classes 33 to 36 do not qualify for top special awards

37           Junior exhibit- any lovebird

38           Matched pair- Peach faced

39           Matched true pair- any other species of lovebird

40           Sales class- £1 per cage per bird